Group All Shapes Within A Selection Of Cells
What This VBA Code Does
This VBA code is a nifty little I created to solve the hassle of selecting each shape individually in order to group them. With this code, you can essentially select a range of cells and any shapes within that selected range will get automatically grouped together. Once you have this capability added to your personal macro workbook, you won’t know how you ever lived without it! Enjoy!!
Sub GroupShapesInsideCellRange() 'PURPOSE: Group all Shapes within a User's Selected Range 'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault Dim shp As Shape Dim rng As Range Dim grp As Object Application.ScreenUpdating = False 'Pull-in what is selected on screen Set UserSelection = ActiveWindow.Selection 'Test to see if there is a range selected by the user On Error Resume Next Set rng = Selection On Error GoTo 0 'Group Shapes Within Selected Range If Not rng Is Nothing Then 'Hide any Shape Outside of User's Selected Range For Each shp In ActiveSheet.Shapes If Intersect(rng, shp.TopLeftCell) Is Nothing And _ Intersect(rng, shp.BottomRightCell) Is Nothing Then If shp.Type <> msoComment Then shp.Visible = msoFalse End If Next shp 'Select All Visible Shapes On Error GoTo Skip ActiveSheet.Shapes.SelectAll On Error GoTo 0 'Group Shapes Together and select If VarType(Selection) = 9 Then Set grp = Selection.Group grp.Select End If Skip: 'Unhide the rest of the Shapes For Each shp In ActiveSheet.Shapes If shp.Type <> msoComment Then If shp.Visible = msoFalse Then shp.Visible = msoTrue End If Next shp End If End Sub
Using VBA Code Found On The Internet
Now that you’ve found some VBA code that could potentially solve your Excel automation problem, what do you do with it? If you don’t necessarily want to learn how to code VBA and are just looking for the fastest way to implement this code into your spreadsheet, I wrote an article (with video) that explains how to get the VBA code you’ve found running on your spreadsheet.
Getting Started Automating Excel
Are you new to VBA and not sure where to begin? Check out my quickstart guide to learning VBA. This article won’t overwhelm you with fancy coding jargon, as it provides you with a simplistic and straightforward approach to the basic things I wish I knew when trying to teach myself how to automate tasks in Excel with VBA Macros.
Also, if you haven’t checked out Excel’s latest automation feature called Power Query, I have put together a beginner’s guide for automating with Excel’s Power Query feature as well! This little-known built-in Excel feature allows you to merge and clean data automatically with little to no coding!
How Do I Modify This To Fit My Specific Needs?
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I highly recommend that you check this guide out before asking me or anyone else in the comments section to solve your specific problem. I can guarantee that 9 times out of 10, one of my strategies will get you the answer(s) you are needing faster than it will take me to get back to you with a possible solution. I try my best to help everyone out, but sometimes I don’t have time to fit everyone’s questions in (there never seem to be quite enough hours in the day!).
I wish you the best of luck and I hope this tutorial gets you heading in the right direction!
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